Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Rajma - Red Kidney Bean - Indian Curry

This is one dish i can make n' make it well even in my sleep. I have made this a countless number of times as my husband loves it. Infact i made this for him even before we got married n' i'm sure one of the major reason for us being married today is my rajma curry....;)

So here we go.....

Rajma: 1 1/2cups (soaked overnight or at least for 6-7hrs)
Water: 6-7 cups (at least)
Onion: 2 nos (medium)- (finely Chopped)
Ginger Garlic Paste: 1 1/2tsp (preferably fresh) (if u are using ready made i guess 1 tsp will do)
Tomato- 1-2nos (Chopped)- puree it if you like... might taste better...
Cream/ Curd: 1 tbsp (optional)
Salt- as per taste
Oil: 3-4tbsp (the recipe book i had consulted 4yrs ago said some 6tbsp)
Coriander/Cilantro Leaves & Green Chili: for garnishing
Chili Powder: 3/4tsp
Turmeric Powder: 1/4tsp
Coriander Powder: 2 tsp
Garam Masala: 1tsp
Amchoor: 1/4tsp (optional) but adding it brings a great flavour
Black Pepper Corns: 4-5nos
Cardamom: 2nos
Bay Leaf: a small piece
Cinnamon: 1 small piece
Cumin Seeds: 1/2 tsp


Step 1: Pressure cook the soaked rajma for 30mins on low fire. I cook it with salt as i think it tastes better this way.

Step 2: Grind fresh garam masala (preferably by hand in a mortar and pestle). Add oil into a hot wok and add this ground garam masala once the oil is hot.

Step 3: Add chopped onion and the ginger garlic paste. Fry it well so that the raw taste won't remain.

Step 4: Add all the masala powder to this. Add a little water from the water in the cooked rajma. If you are cooking the rajma and making this gravy at the same time then this won't be possible, if so then add just a little plain water. Cook it till oil separates.

Step 5: Add chopped/ puree tomatoes. Fry it till its really soft and squash the pieces if any with a spoon.

Step 6: If you are adding cream or curd...add it now. The color of the gravy will turn a light brown at this point. Stir it for a min or so n' it will turn back into the dark brown color.

Step 7: I add some cooked rajma to this gravy at this point n' mash it up together to get a thick paste. Ok...this step can be avoided too...but somehow i like doing this. ;)

Step 8: Add only the beans to the gravy and cook for a while, stirring to get the flavour on the rajma. Add the extra water from the cooker and leave it covered for 10mins of so. Add enough water to form a thick gravy (keeping in mind that it will thicken once it cools).
This is ready to serve with some garnish. It tastes really good with Indian Chapatti and plain rice and i almost always serve it with an easy cucumber salad. My husband is does not eat most of the veggies everyone likes (if cooked), but if given as a salad (those that can be used for a salad) he will finish the whole thing without any problems. ;) I also use the same ingredients and follow the same steps to make Lobia (Black Eyed Peas- Indian Curry).


  1. Just the recipe i was looking for. Infact i just picked up canned kidney beans (isnt it the same as rajma?) and was wondering what to do with it. Was completely clueless. Wow u need 2 cook it for 30 minutes or what in the pressure cooker...if u buy the normal one?
    kidney beans are rich in iron apparently:)

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  3. haha...yeah i cook it for 30mins in the pressure cooker...Mmmmmm....u knw wat.... i have a can of kidney beans with me too, got it free with Heinz Ketchup don't know what to do with it. I guess if you are using it for this recipe you can completely avoid the step for cooking it in the cooker ;)... i guess you can give it a go...

  4. is rajma and kidney beans two diff thing?

  5. no it's the same thing i'm you should definitely give it a go. i have never used canned beans for anything n' i read somewhr that you need to rinse and drain the canned ones before we use that correct?

  6. Hi Miriam

    Thanks for dropping in at my place. Happy to meet you here :) and hey you've the explained the recipe very well :)

  7. hey maria...thank you for dropping by to my blog. i'm really glad to meet you here must pls pardon me for stupidly referring to your website as a blog...:(...i don't know y i didn't realise it isn' you webpage...;)


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